Saturday, September 26, 2009

Flavorful Black Beans

1/2 walla walla or sweet onion, chopped
2 carrots, peeled & chopped
1 stalk celery chopped
2 T cumin
1 T red wine vinegar
5 T extra virgin olive oil
2 14 1/2 oz cans of black beans, one drained, and save half the bean liquid from the other.

Heat olive oil over medium high and add onions, carrots, and celery. Cook till they are crisp tender. Add beans, bean liquid, cumin, and cook for about 5-10 minutes till beans are heated through. Add the vinegar, heat a bit more.

Serve with rice and a salad for a complete veggie meal.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Southwestern Chicken Soup

4 T butter
2 chicken breasts diced (can be omitted)
1 large sweet vidalia or walla walla onion, diced
1 rib of celery, chopped

1 package of frozen corn or about 1 1/2 cups
1 huge or 2 small potatoes diced or cubed
2 large red, gold, or orange bell peppers, diced
1 t sage
1 t cayenne pepper, ground
1 t coriander

4 T flour
1 cup milk

1 can (14 1/2 oz) black beans, rinsed and drained
4 oz or a half cup of grated cheddar cheese (more is ok too!)
salt, pepper
5 14 1/2 oz cans of broth, or 2 32 oz boxes

Get a big soup pot and heat over medium high. Melt the butter and dump in chicken, onions, and celery. Sprinkle with 1 t salt. Cook till chicken is cooked through, and onions are translucent or at least soft. Dump in corn, peppers, broth, sage, cayenne, coriander and broth. Bring to a boil, then mix the flour and milk and dump that in. Boil again and simmer it for 15 minutes or so to blend flavors. At the very end add the black beans, and stir in the grated cheese. Add salt, pepper, and/or other spices you like to taste. YUM. A great nurturing soup for fall.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Easy Hummus

1 28-oz can chick peas, well drained
2 T tahini (Sesame paste, found in most healthy food stores)
2 T lemon juice
2 big cloves of garlic
1 T salt
1/4 c of olive oil or more to taste

Dump all of it in a good blender or food processor. Add more olive oil till you get the consistency you like. Drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with paprika to serve. Great with pita chips, carrots, or spooned onto endive leaves. If you want you an add a few roasted red peppers to make roasted red pepper hummus, or you can add some dill for dill hummus - get creative! WAY cheaper than store bought esp, if you get the chick peas at a dollar store!